What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity1.  Title IX protects all members of our campus community who experience sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence (including dating and domestic violence), stalking, or discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. These protections apply to students, faculty, staff, contractors, applicants and campus visitors. We are committed to creating and fostering a campus environment free from all forms of sex discrimination.

Protection from Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is a wide range of behavior including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence (including dating and domestic violence), and stalking.  The Title IX Office works to prevent sexual misconduct from occuring, and responds seriously and appropriately to all reports of sexual misconduct.

Protection from Gender-based Harassment

Title IX also prohibits gender-based harassment, which the Office for Civil Rights defines as "unwelcome conduct based on a student’s sex, harassing conduct based on a student’s failure to conform to sex stereotypes2." It includes "slurs, taunts, stereotypes, or name-calling, as well as gender-motivated physical threats, attacks, or other hateful conduct3."

University policy protects against discrimination on the basis of sex, and our policies include protections for gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. If you feel you are being discriminated against based on your sex or gender, you have the right to report to the Title IX Office.

Protection for Pregnant and Parenting Status

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including on the basis of pregnancy and parenting status. The university is required to provide reasonable accommodations due to pregnancy and parenting needs, including excused absences, changes in the work environment, or alternative participation options4.  If you feel that reasonable accommodations are not being provided, please contact the Title IX Office.

1 “Title IX and Sex Discrimination.” US Department of Education (ED).  www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html.
2 “Sex-Based Harassment.” US Department of Education (ED). www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/frontpage/pro-students/issues/sex-issue01.html.
3 “What Is Sex-Based Harassment?” Sex Discrimination, US Department of Education (ED). www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/frontpage/faq/sex.html#sexhar1.
4 “Know Your Rights: Pregnant or Parenting? Title IX Protects You From Discrimination At School.” US Department of Education (ED). www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-know-rights-201306-title-ix.html.

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